JOKER Dele Alli told Steve Bruce he’d love to sign for Aston Villa yesterday.
The Villa boss asked Dele Alli to drop down a division and join Aston Villa after the midfielder inspired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup third round.
But Bruce reckons Villa would struggle to pay the £80m Alli might now cost!
The 20-year-old came off the bench after an hour at White Hart Lane and it was his dummy that led to Ben Davies heading home the opener before Son Heung-min added a second.
“I asked Dele Alli if he would come and play for us,” a smiling Bruce said after the match.
“He said ‘someday Steve I’d love to’ but I think £80million might be too much for us.
“He certainly changed it for them. He has that quality that really top players have. I wished he had sat on his arse, we might have been better off.”
Alli started on the bench as one of nine changes made by Mauricio Pochettino from the team that ended Chelsea’s 13-match winning run on Wednesday.
Harry Kane was left out of the squad completely after the striker spent the previous night attending to his partner Kate, who delivered their baby daughter, Ivy Jane, yesterday morning.
Pochettino admitted he had planned to name Kane as a substitute but decided the striker should catch up on sleep instead.
“It is better now after a 2-0 win to explain,” Pochettino said. “I want to send from here a big, big heart to Kate, his wife.
“It was a difficult night for her but now it’s OK and they have a beautiful girl. Harry was more tired than his wife and we sent him to sleep.
“He spent all night at the hospital waiting and at 7.30am the baby was born. The plan was for him to be on the bench.”